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US ambassador calls for probe into reported irregularities in Khulna election

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-05-16 21:22:48 BdST


American Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat has called for “full and transparent” investigation into the reported irregularities and intimidation in the Khulna City Corporation elections in order to stop a repeat.

The ruling Awami League candidate won the balloting held on Tuesday. The opposition BNP has rejected the outcome and called for the resignation of the chief election commissioner.

Bernicat said it was “very encouraging” that all parties went to the election which was “inclusive”. "We congratulate everyone for that."

But she said there were reports of irregularities, violence and intimidation which she said called for a full and transparent investigation.

This is “very disappointing,” she said, “investigation should be made and there is mechanism to do it so that this does not happen again.”

The ambassador also called upon all parties “to stay within the rule of law” in future elections.

She took questions from waiting journalists after emerging from the foreign secretary’s office on Wednesday.

The visiting USAID administrator, Mark Green, called on Secretary Md Shahidul Haque.

Green earlier visited Cox’s Bazar and announced more than $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people affected by violence and conflict in Burma.